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John Bailey ASC elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

John Bailey ASC is beginning his first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor representing the Cinematographers Branch.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo, The Big Chill, Groundhog Day, As Good As It Gets, The Anniversary Party, The Way Way Back, and A Walk in the Woods. In 2014, he received the ASC Lifetime achievement Award.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)

Board of Governors - Cinematographers Branch

John Bailey ASC ~ Ordinary People, American Gigolo, The Big Chill, Groundhog Day, As Good As It Gets, The Anniversary Party, The Way Way Back, and A Walk in the Woods. In 2014, he received the ASC Lifetime achievement Award.
Daryn Okada ASC ~ Let’s Be Cops, Dolphin Tale 2, Just Like Heaven, Mean Girls and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
Mandy Walker ACS ASC ~ Hidden Figures, The Mountain Between Us, Australia, Shattered Glass and Lantana was an artist in residence at UCLA in 2015 and inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame in 2017.

Full list of Board of Governors »

Variety Magazine Article: Fellow Lensers Hail New Academy President John Bailey: ‘A Film Scholar’ by Awards Editor Kristopher Tabley

Historically speaking, presidents of the motion picture Academy have been directors, producers, stars, executives — more front-office types than in-the-trenches artisans. Until last week, the only “below-the-line” leader of the organization in its 90-year history was art director Gene Allen, who served from 1983 to 1985.

That makes this week’s election of cinematographer John Bailey all the more noteworthy for Academy members determined to keep their contributions to the art and craft of cinema in the spotlight. And in Bailey’s particular professional sphere, there is obvious cause for celebration; cinematographers are excited and inspired to finally see one of their own at the AMPAS helm.

in the Vaiety article Kristopher Tabley goes on to say:

“This guy is one of the most thoughtful minds in the industry in probably the last 50 years of cinema,” one industry source tells me. “He’s going to be a very strong advocate for preservation and archival standards. The fact that there is someone who is technical in that position is a good thing as it relates to the disempowerment of filmmakers and what has been going on both inside and outside the studios, with companies that are making hugely consequential determinations on things that are going to play out for the next decade.”

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VALE - Joel Peterson (Director/Cinematographer)

The Society is saddened by the news that long time ACS NSW Branch member Joel Peterson has passed away.

Joel Peterson Director and cinematographer for Film Buff Productions, Joel Peterson's resume is undoubtedly one of the best in the business; Joel is a graduate of the Australian Film TV and Radio School where he received his degree in cinematography with recognition in direction. He has extensive experience in film-making, working on big and small budget productions, as a DOP and as a director. He has more than 40 major documentary and drama productions to his credit. Prior to his AFTRS degree he was a successful film-maker in his own right, having completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Hobart, with three of his four films selected for screening at the Sydney and Melbourne film festivals. He worked professionally as a camera assistant and Production/Unit manager before film school. Since completing three years at the national film school in 1986, he has been nominated for Best Cinematography at the AFI awards and been awarded certificates and a Golden Tripod from the Australian Cinematographers Society as well as Screen awards from the US/International Film Festival. Joel was 2nd unit DOP on the Wim Wenders feature Until The End Of The World and DOP on the features You Can't Push The River, Custody , and Witchhunt. He has also shot/directed various music videos, documentaries and TV commercials. His work has covered social, political, environmental and inter-personal themes, taking him to the "four corners" of the globe. He has worked on projects as diverse as filming wildlife in remote African mountains, to wild street gangs in the hub of Hong Kong; from the unique and often inaccessible landscapes of Antarctica and Tibet to the big, bustling cities of London and New York. Joel's visual flair and depth of experience means a film shot on a 'low budget' is given added production value on the screen. Joel has shot for National Geographic internationally, for the London-based Cafe Productions and Beyond Productions in Australia.

Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

VALE - Joel Peterson (Director/Cinematographer) 28th March 1954 - 10th August 2017 »

Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review consultation paper launched

The Department of Communications and the Arts, Screen Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have released a consultation paper inviting industry input towards the Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review.

Read full If Mag article here »
READ: Consultation Paper »

You can respond to the review questions via an online form or email. You can also lodge a formal submission on the department’s website, or arrange a meeting.

Links below

The consultation period ends September 21

Online Survey »
Department Website »
Email via »

@austcine Jason Thomas

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